The N-terminal sequence of rat pepsinogen.
The amino-acid sequence of 96 residues in the N-terminal region of rat pepsinogen I was determined and the first 46 residues were found to constitute the activation peptide segment. There was high degree of homology between the activation segments of rat pepsinogen and some pepsinogens A (pig, cow, Japanese monkey and human). However, the number of residues substituted between rat and the other pepsinogens were considerably larger than those among pepsinogens A. In the N-terminal 24 residues of active pepsin, homology (88%) between rat pepsin and human gastricsin was higher than that (50%) between rat pepsin and pepsin A from human or pig. This strongly suggests that rat pepsin should be classified as pepsin C.